Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

learn more

Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

see success story

Our insights to your inbox

You are busy and so are we. Keep up to date with our latest projects, research, and news by signing up for our quarterly newsletter.

Connect With Us

The Council of @CityofSantaFe is weighing how many renter households will be in trouble after the federal eviction moratorium ends, and how the local #AffordableHousing trust fund might help them: by Sean P. Thomas for @thenewmexican #TheCityDifferent


Tsunami of evictions possible in Santa Fe, report warns

Chainbreaker Collective found about 5,700 renter households — about 31 percent — are at risk of losing their housing when evictions resume.


A great idea that small towns can take to activate downtowns. Look out for this in NRN communities soon. 😉

New program offers #SmallBusiness entrepreneurs free downtown storefronts in @CityofKokomo: by @CarsonGerber1 for @KokomoTribune

Farmers Market

New program offers entrepreneurs free downtown storefronts

A new program is set to help local entrepreneurs open creative businesses inside vacant downtown locations as part of push to help the local economy d...


Happy #GreatLakesDay! Take a minute today to appreciate the freshwater, recreation, and contributions to our economy these natural wonders provide.

📸: Traverse City, MI (@CityofTC) and Grand Traverse Bay

Site Designed & Developed by Carimus